Monday, May 12, 2014
Are There Any Underrated Distilleries?
A few years ago, I posted lists of the three most overrated and underrated distilleries. I was thinking of doing it again, but I ran into a problem. It's easy to come up with overrated whiskeys; heck, with the whiskey craze in full gear, sometimes I feel like almost everything is overrated. The problem is, I'm not sure I can think of any distillery or company that is underrated.
Back in 2012, my three most underrated distilleries were Glengoyne, Four Roses and Charbay with runners up George Dickel, Midleton, Bunnahabhain, Dallas Dhu and Glenfiddich. A few of those are still underrated, but many of them wouldn't qualify today. Certainly Four Roses has gotten its due from the whiskey geek crowd (my list preceded the release of the highly acclaimed 2012 Small Batch Limited Edition which set off a full-on Four Roses craze), and Midleton has released a whole flurry of single pot still whiskeys that have put them on the geek map. You could probably still make a case for Dickel, though it's getting more recognition with its private barrel program. Bunnahabhain may be the one that still fits the bill, but who else?
Are there any other distilleries that could remotely be considered underrated in today's whiskey world?